“Then he returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. And his mother stored all these things in her heart. Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.” Luke 2:51-52 NLT

We never really reach the place where we stop growing unless we choose to stop growing. One of the problem with teenagers is that they think they know everything. You can’t tell them anything. It’s the most frustrating thing as a parent when you hear, “I know! I know!” No you don’t know! Everybody has room to grow.

Jesus was a teenager when his family went to Jerusalem for Passover. It was a huge family event. They went in caravans with other extended family. When the time came to go home they left in caravans. Jesus was not with his parents and they assumed he was traveling in the cart of another relative. When they stopped to rest Jesus was no where to be found. They circled back to Jerusalem and searched for three days!

When they found him in the temple Jesus was interacting with the scribes like a grown man. They were amazed at his answers concerning the word of God. Jesus teaches us how we keep growing.

The way we keep growing:

  1. We must have a teachable spirit. What 12-year-old do you know wants to stay in the temple talking to old people about the word of God? We must maintain a thirst for knowledge. We must seek out continued educational experiences regardless of our age.
  2. He submitted to his parents. Mary scolded Jesus for having her worried. He could have pulled his “Son of God” card and told her that he would not be going back but he knew that the first commandment of God was to “honor your mother and your father.” Who is it that you have submitted yourself to so that you can continue to grow? As great as you think you are you still have to submit your gifts to someone in order to keep growing.
  3. Jesus continued to grow in wisdom, stature, and favor with men and women. When we seek out continued education and submit to godly leadership we will experience growth in our wisdom. Wisdom is when book knowledge meshes with the lessons of life. Stature is when we are growing up and out. We are physically and emotionally healthy. Jesus needed to be grounded in community and so must we. When we submit ourselves to the authority of those called to care for us we share the favor that’s on their lives. 

It’s important to keep growing. We do that when we voluntarily submit our spiritual development to people called to walk with us in that development. Every Christian needs a church where they can grow where they go. We need a small group where people can do life with us. We need someone in our life who can come looking for us when we are not where we are supposed to be.

Dear God,

Thank you for putting me in a community where I can keep growing. As much as I know I still have room to grow.

In Jesus’ Name,